CoreOS Linux comes out with Linux con­tain­ers as a ser­vice!

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CoreOS has launched a com­mer­cial ser­vice to ease the work­load of sys­tems ad­min­is­tra­tors. The new com­mer­cial Linux dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vice can up­date au­to­mat­i­cally. Sys­tems ad­min­is­tra­tors do not have to per­form any ma­jor up­date man­u­ally. Linux-based com­pa­nies like RedHat and SUSE use open source and free ap­pli­ca­tions and li­braries for their op­er­a­tions, yet of­fer com­mer­cial sub­scrip­tion ser­vices for en­ter­prise edi­tions of Linux. These ser­vices cover soft­ware, up­dates, in­te­gra­tion and tech­ni­cal sup­port, bug fixes, etc.

CoreOS has a dif­fer­ent strat­egy com­pared to com­pet­i­tive ser­vices of­fered by other play­ers in the ser­vice, sup­port and dis­tri­bu­tion in­dus­tries. Users will not re­ceive any ma­jor up­dates, since CoreOS wants to save you the has­sle of man­u­ally up­dat­ing all pack­ages. The com­pany plans to stream copies of up­dates di­rectly to the OS. CoreOS has named the soft­ware ‘CoreUp­date’. It con­trols and mon­i­tors

soft­ware pack­ages, their up­dates and also pro­vides the con­trols to ad­min­is­tra­tors to man­u­ally up­date a few pack­ages if they want to. It has a roll-back fea­ture in case an up­date causes any mal­func­tion in a ma­chine. CoreUp­date can man­age mul­ti­ple sys­tems at a time.

CoreOS was de­signed to pro­mote the use of open source OS ker­nel, which is used in a lot of cloud based vir­tual servers. The CoreOS con­sumes less than half of in­stance as com­pared to other Linux dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vices. Ap­pli­ca­tions of dis­tri­bu­tions run in a vir­tu­alised con­tainer called Docker. They can start in­stantly. CoreOS was launched in De­cem­ber last year. It uses two par­ti­tions, which help in eas­ily up­dat­ing dis­tri­bu­tions. One par­ti­tion con­tains the cur­rent OS, while the other is used to store the up­dated OS. This smoothens out the en­tire process of up­grad­ing a pack­age or an en­tire dis­tri­bu­tion. The ser­vice can be di­rectly in­stalled and run in the sys­tem or via cloud ser­vices like Ama­zon, Google or Rackspace. The ven­ture cap­i­tal firm, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and By­ers, has in­vested over US$ 8 mil­lion in CoreOS. The com­pany was also backed by Se­quoia Cap­i­tal and Fuel Cap­i­tal in the past.

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